Event: December Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club December read is Hidden Assets by Leeann Betts (Parker) and The Throwaways by LS Hawker (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

New Release: Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing

Coming May 26, 2020 from Berkley: Killer Chardonnay

A young winery owner won’t let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.

Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.

Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork in it, soon her winery is at the center of a social media firestorm. With #killerchardonnay trending online, Parker’s business is in danger of closing, and she has no choice but to investigate the murder herself.

To restore her reputation, catch a killer, and keep her struggling business open, Parker needs only one thing: some good proof.

About the author: Kate Lansing is an award-winning short story author. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and a chair-napping tabby cat named Maple. Killer Chardonnay is her first novel. For more information, please visit: katelansing.com.

New Release: The Forge of Bonds by Wendy Terrien

Wendy Terrien is set to release the newest chronicle of the Adventures of Jason Lex, “The Forge of Bonds,” on Feb. 25, 2020, by Camashea Press.

The latest installment of Wendy’s award-winning YA contemporary fantasy is a coming-of-age story where friendships thrive despite adversity — and ultimate danger. With loyal dogs Shay and Finn, Rampart Guard Jason Lex and Yowie Sadie Callahan continue their quest to protect humankind from the malevolent cryptids among them.

“The undeniable strength of Terrien’s writing is … in her ability to warmly express the very human nature of her characters as they stumble, grow, and triumph, always with the genuine support of one another.” — Colorado Book Review

About the author:
Wendy Terrien is an international best-selling author whose debut novel, “The Rampart Guards,” was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. She lives in the Denver area with her husband, Kevin, and their dogs, Shea and Boon. For more information, you can visit wendyterrien.com.

Event: Maria Heater and Andrew Traver

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
November 16, 2019

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Maria Heater, Nelson Literary Agency: Stand Out Submissions: What Makes a Literary Agent Say “Yes” (or at the very least, “Maybe”)

Seeking representation can be a daunting and anxiety-producing endeavor. You’ve poured months or years of work into your manuscript, spent hours researching agents, polished your query and first pages till they shimmer, and sent your book baby out into the wild…

Only to get a mix of form rejections and radio silence. For many writers who want to be traditionally published, it’s a worst-case scenario, and the stress is only compounded by the mystery surrounding the whole process.

This talk will give you a peek behind the curtain of how a literary agency screens submissions and give you some tips to improve your chances in the slush. We’ll cover writing an engaging query letter, finding the hook of your story, what makes first pages work, and more. Hopefully, you’ll leave feeling confident in how to improve your submission package, but also your writing as a whole.

12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm
Andrew Traver: True Crimes and Presumptions of Guilt

Additional information forthcoming.

3:00-4:00 pm
Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/265743181/

About the Presenters:
Maria Heater studied literature at American University and began her career in education, teaching in South Korea and Singapore before transitioning to the literary world. After attending the Denver Publishing Institute in 2016, she interned for two literary agencies and managed an independent bookstore before joining Nelson Literary Agency in 2019. She enjoys reading in almost every genre, but is most drawn to historical, speculative, and mystery. She tweets about writing, books, and her cats at: @mariatheheater.

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Andrew Traver is the Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leader Development at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, teaching “American Gangs” and “Federal Law Enforcement” for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. He also engages in external and internal outreach and speaking engagements on behalf of the MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson.

 From October 2013 until June 2019,  he served as the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)-only the second NCIS Director to be appointed from outside of the organization.

NCIS investigates and defeats criminal, foreign intelligence, cyber and terrorist threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate: ashore, afloat and in cyberspace. He also served as the senior executive for law enforcement/criminal investigation, counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Department of the Navy.

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Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.

 

Event: November Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club November reads include The Mad Hatter’s Son; An Annie Collins Mystery by Helen Starbuck (Parker); The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe (Fort Collins); and Low Country Blood by Sue Hinkin (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!